Category: Spice Up Your Life

Get ready for your mouth to open ?sesame?

Grocery stores are such interesting places if you look up from your shopping list and study shelves where you don?t normally search for ingredients. There are a lot of fascinating foods out there that, to be honest, I have no idea how to do anything with. Not long ago I bought some sesame oil. I?d never used it before, but […]

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Crackin? good: Egg cookies ain?t no yolk

My grandma made the best custard pie. It was cinnamon-y and delicious, and I always looked forward to getting a piece at family gatherings. I think she might have kept making it partially because she knew I liked it so much. When Joey joined the family, the first chance I got to expose him to her custard pie, I was […]

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Chill out with this no-churn ice cream

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine enlisted my help with a thank-you dessert bar for some awesome volunteers. For my contribution to the spread, she asked if I?d bring ice cream. Now, a normal person would have gone to the store, bought a couple containers of ice cream and brought them on over. But I saw this as an […]

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You ?oat? to try this awesome oatmeal cake

If being a teacher has taught me nothing else, it is that teenagers are incredibly motivated by food. Not long ago, my yearbook students earned a baked treat for completing a big milestone. When the nine of them sat down to decide what they wanted me to make for them, I learned another lesson: teenagers are picky?even with dessert. After […]

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There?s ?muffin? wrong with this recipe

For days, I had about a dozen leftover strawberries sitting in my fridge, and I was baffled as to what to do with them. After some Web searching, I decided it was time to make something for breakfast, and when I ran across a recipe for strawberry coffee cake muffins on the blog called ?Living Better Together,? I was sold. […]

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You can be on a roll with this lasagna recipe

One of the reasons I love trying new recipes is that I seem to learn new tricks and methods with each one. For this week?s recipe, I received three lessons. First, lasagna noodles love to stick together. I had all kinds of trouble with my noodles fusing together in my colander. Next time I cook them, I?ll have a better […]

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Slow down and eat molasses cookies

An open letter to the person who put April into hyperdrive: Please cease and desist. Between the end of my students? forensics season, prom-sponsoring duties and now having to rearrange my lesson plans since our school board cut five days off our school year, I feel like my days are on fast forward. That?s why I decided it was time […]

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A good reason to say ?halo? to angel food cake

I like to stretch my abilities in the kitchen to try making foods I?ve never made before. This week, I was able to conquer another recipe off my culinary bucket list by making an angel food cake from scratch. I decided I would give it a try for our family Easter lunch, and I have to admit I was a […]

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Go with the grain: Make Mexican red rice

One of my favorite foods has always been rice. I love it with broccoli, served with chicken or stuffed inside a burrito, but if I had to choose my favorite style, I?d have to say, hands down, it?s Mexican rice. When I was younger, we?d often eat great authentic Mexican food at a quick place in a mall food court. […]

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Coffee sugar cookies will keep you grounded

It seemed like a normal day. I was in my classroom, changing the date on the whiteboard, pushing in and arranging chairs, and just like every morning, sipping on my travel mug of coffee. That?s when it happened. I took a large gulp to finish up the rest of the delicious liquid in the bottom of my cup only to […]

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